Rail News – Late June 2023

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Improving a rail junction would take about 100,000 lorry journeys off the road per year, a report said. Keeping Trade on Track said an upgrade to Ely junction in Cambridgeshire would also double passenger services on the Ely-Kings Lynn and Ipswich-Peterborough routes. England's Economic Heartland and Transport East's report said changes were of "national significance". Network Rail estimated the work would cost £466m. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-65951709 ____________________  HS2 is gearing up for the next phase of delivery by beginning the search for more UK-based companies to help build its fleet of new high-speed trains. In 2021, the Hitachi/Alstom joint venture was awarded the £2bn contract to build Britain’s next generation of high-speed trains at their factories in Derby, County Durham and Crewe. Two-years on, the train building giants are teaming up with HS2 to find new suppliers who can play a part in the interior fit out of the state-of-the-art trains. HS2’s construction is already supporting around 30,000 jobs and to date 3,000 UK-based businesses have won work on the project. Now, for the first time, the most important economic and social regeneration project in decades is getting ready to launch tier two contract opportunities, linked to its fleet of 54 trains, on the open market. https://news.railbusinessdaily.com/businesses-encouraged-to-diversify-to-win-a-share-of-upcoming-hs2-contracts/
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